Monthly Archives: May 2008

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It is so nice to hear from a client when a job is done. I recently did a job with Red Robin Books, a UK publisher (who I LOVE working with BTW) and I got a message from the Author today saying how happy he was with the book. I have yet to see it – hopefully in the next month or so. This one has a Pop-Up at the end, so I am so excited to see how that turned out in the end! Watch for my posting of There’s a Spider In the Bath! my second book with them, also finished my third – Shaun the Shy Shark – Coming soon. Thanks Neil!

So glad it is the weekend. I finally feel like drawing again. I think I was in a lull (not for lack of work – but lack of will). My last book really took a lot out of me but in the end is worth it. Just finalized all edits and soon it will be completely out of my hands and I have to say I am glad of it and looking forward to moving on to the next one in the series.

Have also planted most of our garden now… there is a lot of stuff in there. We also managed to dodge the frost that was promised, though we took some extra measures involving tar paper, cardboard boxes etc. Which resulted in a cemetery look when we woke up, but our peppers and tomatoes survived!

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I am starting to get really nervous and excited. Because I also have the luxury of designing my picture book (my publisher was actually happy that I could do that as well, and no, I an NOT self-publishing) and don’t worry – I am qualified! I just got my bar code and flap copy all laid out… fun fun. Scary. Real. Very cool. Now the sad part is I have to WAIT until Spring 2009 to see it in the stores. I am not very good at waiting, though I suppose I should have picked an alternate career if that was truly the case. Though I was really hoping I could show it off at some fall conferences.

Well, on to the next book!

We are so lucky.

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Ok, this is one of the times when you realize just how lucky you are.

What is happening in Burma is an inconceivable disaster of epic proportions.
From this day on I temper my complaints about my government, my job, my messy house, my old car and live for the things I so take for granted.

You may have heard how hard it is to get aid into Burma, but there is a way to get something in there… the monks are working on the ground floor of this, offering shelter and relief for those affected – please visit http://www.avaaz.org to donate if you can, if you can’t just go look to see what can be done.

Our world is small, I look at the town I grew up in and the number of dead is equal to four of them – every single person. That is a very sobering thought.

HOORAY

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My work for ‘In The Garden’ has officially landed in Hong Kong. This book is becoming a reality – I can’t believe it. So hard sending all of that stuff over. Usually either I scan the stuff, or the publisher sends it. Not sure why this worried me so much – maybe cause I wrote the book too – and there seems to be so much more at stake! Anyway, it is there, being scanned… looking forward to seeing those and doing the final layout of the book… guess I have to work on my about the author section… I dislike that part immensely : )

I am finally updated!

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So, this is a new foray into the www. I was having a heck of time trying to keep my website updated, so this should work much much better. I don’t have time anyway to deal with designing and updating a website all the time. I am MUCH to busy working on important projects.

Well, just got back from the SCBWI Spring Thing In Barrie last weekend. I had a blast, met lots of great people and hob-nobbed with the first art director I have ever met in person. Funny in this age – all the art directors I have ever worked with have been online!